We’ve made it to the final round of the draft. The Eagles have 11 picks this year with two of them being seventh-rounders. It’s still possible for them to find a steal this late on. Let’s not forget that Jalen Mills was once a seventh-round pick and he went on to establish himself as a regular in the Eagles defense. Here are four seventh-round prospects that could interest the Eagles.
Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher
Linebacker is a huge need for the Eagles and has been for years. If they don’t attack the first several rounds with a focus on LB then maybe there’s a possibility that Paddy Fisher is still available in the 7th. Fisher is a natural linebacker that has an old-school feel to his hame but don’t let that fool you, his ability to adjust to today’s style of play is very much there.
Fisher finished his collegiate career with 401 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, 10 pass deflections, and 24.5 tackles for loss. He has a high motor with a nose for the ball. On our recent episode of Flippin’ the Birds, Paddy informed us that he had met with the Eagles last week for a visit and LB Coach Nick Rallis discussed the possibilities of having Paddy coming off the edge as well. Teams would be wise to not box in the 240lb linebacker from Northwestern.
Duke DE Chris Rumph II
Anyone who knows anything about the Eagles knows just how much the front office loves their guys in the trenches. In the Jim Schwartz days, the Eagles focused on having their defensive lineman rotate heavily and play in situational roles. No one knows just how Gannon will use that group going forward but if he is to follow a similar mold then Chris Rumph would be a great fit.
Rumph is a very versatile defensive end that can disrupt offenses. He finished his junior season with 52 tackles, 8 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble. He’s been on a steady upward trajectory throughout his time in Duke. Rumph could fit the Eagles NASCAR package if that ends up being a thing again and could play well opposite of Josh Sweat.
Marshall OT Josh Ball
If the team toy with the idea of moving on from Andre Dillard in favor of starting Jordan Mailata then they’ll need to invest in a player that could back up the left tackle position. Josh Ball could be that guy for plenty of reasons. He’s agile, quick, and has great length and range at the left tackle spot. He may not have the mass to really be an anchor in the NFL but there’s no reason as to why he can’t add on more bulk. Stoutland can make gold out of copper and I’m sure he can make a great player out of Ball.
Penn State S Lamont Wade
Even after the recent signing of Anthony Harris, the Eagles could still add some more depth to their safety room. While the future seems to be reliant on the progress of K’Von Wallace, the Eagles have yet to determine anything solid after him. Grayland Arnold is definitely a player to keep an eye on and Marcus Epps may flash some potential with Gannon but nothing is really set in stone.
Lamont Wade could fit well in this defense with his ability to play as a nickel corner or even a traditional safety. His value may be found on special teams but he’ll find his way to snaps on defense somehow. Wade had a bit of a down year last season following the best college season from his junior year. In that year he posted 67 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 5 pass deflections. The potential is there and it’ll be on this new coaching staff to extract it.
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